Clean Jean makes 2013 debut; Re-accreditation earned from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
FARMINGTON, N.Y.– Early entries are set for Opening Day of the 2013 live thoroughbred racing season at Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack (FLCR). The nine-race Saturday afternoon card will kick off the 162-day meet. Post time for the first race is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. Racing gates open at 11:30 a.m.
2012 Finger Lakes “Horse of the Year” Clean Jean is entered in the sixth race. The chestnut mare owned by Mark Valentine registered a total of eight wins in 15 FLCR starts last year.
The 5-year-old New York-bred will be making her first start since November for trainer Sal Iorio, Jr. She has six victories since being claimed by Iorio for $4,000 on May 1, 2012.  The $126,749 earner had a total of 10 wins in 20 starts in 2012 and hit the board in two stakes events.

Clean Jean will battle six other rivals on Saturday and will have regular rider Dean Frates in the irons. She is listed as the 7-2 third choice in the morning line.
New faces / popular names
Jeffrey Englehart will begin his career as a trainer in 2013. The 22-year-old has eleven stalls at FLCR to start the meet. With the success of his immediate family, he has a tough act to follow.
His father, Chris Englehart, dominated the local trainer standingsfor the tenth consecutive year in 2012. Chris saddled 135 winning horses to earn his twelfth career trainer title.
Jeffrey’s older brother, Jeremiah, finished the 2012 meet ranked second behind his father with 94 wins. Jeremiah has five stakes victories including the Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses Handicap at Belmont Park with Tamarind Hall in 2011.
“I am really excited,” said Englehart. “I know I’m not going to have 100 wins but I hope to be competitive and have a good win percentage.”
Jeffrey has worked with horses since he was 8-years-old. He gained experience as a farm manager for his father and has been a thoroughbred owner since 2010.
Jockey Simon Husbands is a new face in the Finger Lakes jockey colony. The 43-year-old from Bridgetown, Barbados has a solid resume that includes multiple wins in stakes valued over $100,000 while riding at Woodbine. He also won the Barbados Gold Cup in 1998 with Federico. He has a total of 226 wins in 2,969 starts and has amassed a sum of $9,601,290 in lifetime purse earnings.
Husbands is the son of a jockey and his younger brother Patrick has won multiple jockey titles at Woodbine. He is listed to ride Sassy Expression in the third race on Saturday.
Chris Englehart will receive the award for top 2012 trainer on Saturday. Wilfredo Rohena will also be honored for being the leading rider last year. The presentations will be made after the running of the second race.
Rohena won his first career Finger Lakes jockey title in 2012. He visited the winners circle a total of 138 times during the meet. Rohena’s ascension to the top of the standings concluded a record streak for John Davila, Jr. Davila had been the leading rider at the Western New York track for ten consecutive years before finishing second to Rohena last year.
A veteran rider from Carolina, Puerto Rico, Rohena has competed for 28 years. In 1994, he was the leading jockey at El Comandante (now Hipodromo Camarero). The 48-year-old journeyman has enjoyed success since arriving at Finger Lakes in 2011. He recorded 107 victories his first year at “the thumb” and finished second in the local standings.
The 2013 meet will begin with a new leader in the racing office. Bill Couch acquired the position of Racing Secretary after holding that job at Thistledown for 12 of the last 14 years.  He also worked as Racing Secretary at Gulfstream Park in 2007 and 2008. Couch had previous experience in the industry as a trainer and a chart caller for the Daily Racing Form.
Re-accreditation earned from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance
FLCR recently earned re-accreditation from the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. The Western New York track received its initial accreditation in April 2011 which carried an effective period of two years. The re-accreditation is effective through March, 2015.
During the latest Alliance inspection of FLCR, best practices were identified in areas including security plan; security training; jockey health insurance plan; aftercare and transitioning of retired racehorses; and wagering security protocols, including simulcast sales contract language and wagering pool due diligence.

“The facility continues to demonstrate a solid commitment to the health and safety of its human and equine athletes,” said Mike Ziegler, Executive Director of the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance. “Worthy of special note is the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, which continues to serve as a model for the entire industry.”
FLCR will offer live thoroughbred racing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays in April. Fridays are added to the 162-day calendar on May 3. There will be five days of live action with Thursdays on the schedule beginning May 16. Post time for most days will be at 1:10 p.m. with the exception of Friday which will start at 12:35 p.m.
Multi-card simulcasting is offered daily in addition to live racing, as well as on dark days. The casino floor featuring nearly 1,200 machines is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily. Admission and parking are always free.


David Mattice
Assistant to the Director of Publicity
Email: Dmattice@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 585-742-9234
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